St. Louis police to train schools, businesses for mass shootings

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on January 31, 2013 at 5:22 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 31 at 5:41 PM

(KMOV) -- In response to recent mass shootings around the country, the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department is offering schools and businesses a one-day, free seminar on how to prevent the shootings and what to do if one happens.

 

The seminar will be held Feb. 15 at Ameren Missouri’s corporate headquarters, located at 1901 Choteau.

The St. Louis Police Department has been studying mass shootings since they responded to the workplace shooting at ABB in St. Louis in January of 2010. Two people were killed and five injured before the gunman - a disgruntled worker -shot and killed himself.

“Often workplace shooters are more readily identifiable after the fact and before the fact that what school shooter may be,” said Capt. Joe Spiess, who will be teaching the seminar.

At the seminar, police will talk about the procedures that schools and businesses need to have in place and how to respond if someone walks onto property and starts shooting.

But they stress that the top goal is prevention by identifying workers or students who are most likely to strike out at others in a mass shooting and get them help.

The seminar only has a limited number of seats and reservations are required. To register you must email registration@slmpd.org. Be sure to include your place of employment, supervisor’s name and their contact phone number.

 

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